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Briarwood home demolition delayed

For immediate release: October 1, 2019 - 3:07pm

A Queen’s Bench judge has allowed the owner of a Briarwood home – already slated for demolition – more time to file information and evidence to support the property owner’s request for an interim injunction or delay on the home’s demolition.

An injunction has not been granted.

Rather, Mr. Justice R.W. Elson today, ordered the owner of 166 Beechdale Crescent to bring back a proper application on Friday, October 11, 2019.

While this matter is pending, the City of Saskatoon has been directed not to demolish the property at 166 Beechdale. The City’s demolition is on hold.

The construction equipment, along with perimeter fencing, was already mobilized at 166 Beechdale Crescent; the construction equipment will be removed until the judge makes a decision.

Key Points:

  • The owner of 166 Beechdale lives out of Canada and despite the City’s many efforts has not had any contact with the City until now 
  • The property has become a serious health and safety hazard to neighbours
  • Since March 2019, the City has followed the proper legal process for derelict or deficient properties
  • The building may look fine on the outside, but inside it is uninhabitable and beyond a cost-effective repair 
  • The property has been abandoned since 2016; as a result, the property suffered a water-filled basement from burst frozen pipes
  • Because of the excessive water and moisture, severe mould damage developed throughout the entire home; the entire interior of the home is structurally unsound, again, a safety hazard.
  • The demolition does not cost City taxpayers – the demolition cost is added to the property’s taxes or is the owner’s responsibility.